New Music: Bruno Mars – ‘Locked Out of Heaven’

Locked Out of Heaven

Expect the unexpected when it comes to Bruno Mars. The Hawaiian heartthrob debuts his brand new single, “Locked Out of Heaven,” which may just be the lovelorn song of the fall. Marked by a harder-edged sound than fans might expect from the crooner, the uptempo number was produced by Mark Ronson, Jeff Bhasker, Emile Haynie, and the songwriting/production team the Smeezingtons (Mars, Philip Lawrence, and Ari Levine).

“You could make a sinner change his ways,” he wails over the bright synths. “Open up your gates ’cause I can’t wait to see the light.”

The single is the first from Bruno’s sophomore album Unorthodox Jukebox, slated for a December 11 release.

“This is me going into the studio and recording and writing whatever I want,” he told Billboard. “This album represents my freedom.”

In the cover story, the platinum singer described his diverse sound, which oscillates from radio-friendly pop and R&B to modern soul. “I listen to a lot of music and I want to have the freedom and luxury to walk into a studio and say, ‘Today I want to do a hip-hop, R&B, soul or rock record,’” he said.

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25 Comments

  1. damien

    oh yeah oh yeah oh yeah- this song sounds like avocados and penguins. Im on this giraffe!!

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  2. Jojoluver23

    I love the song! His album is going to be terrific.

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  3. Nina

    Reminds me of something The Police would make! Or maybe that’s just me lol…It’s different from his previous singles, but I love it!

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    margo Reply:

    @Nina, exactly what i was thinking when i first heard it – Roxannnnnnne! but i love it :)

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  4. :)

    I like him. His music style is something that fits well on my iPod.

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  5. PantATL

    Very Sting/Police-ish…in a good way tho.

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  6. Jaymalls

    Still going with that old 60-70′s sound I see… Anyway, top 40 will eat this up!

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  7. m@liano

    NiCeeeeeee

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  8. Morgan

    I love this, Bruno!!!!

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  9. Nathan

    Fire. Chorus sounds like something Prince would write.

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  10. Ice

    Now this is different! I like.

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  11. Hugh

    Fantastic. Reminds me of The Police.

    Can’t wait for the new album!

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  12. ROMAN NEUTRON

    Bruno is getting his Sting on heavy yet sounds fresh.

    LOVE this.

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  13. Replenish

    This shit right here tho!

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  14. Daniel

    I guess I’m the only one hearing Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know” comparisons, especially
    with the start of this song and the chorus.

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    Nina Reply:

    @Daniel, Gotye and Bruno are both influenced by Sting (I remember when Somebody that I used to Know came out, people were saying that he was emulating Sting). This song reminded me of The Outfields and Men at Work as well, but the melody/chords are original. And secondly, the hook for this song was made last year when him (& his band) and Lenny Kravitz were having a jam session :)

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    Manu Reply:

    @Daniel, That was what I thought too!
    The chorus especially reminds me ”Somebody That I Used to Know.” I heard the Sting/ Police’s influence during the rest of the song, but the chorus for me just sounds like Gotye.

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    Dandina Reply:

    @Manu, The same for me!!

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    hi Reply:

    @Daniel, ohmygosh me too

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  15. georgia23

    I pretty much am a fan of all his songs for different reasons. This isn’t any exception.

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  16. Looney

    Production is spot on.

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  17. K_Bear

    So happy he’s back. Love this song. Can’t wait for the CD to drop

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  18. mia

    This song proves that bruno is a real artist and cares more about his music than topping the charts, the hook is addictive and stucks in your head from the first listen, yet the production is so rich, got that 70s vibe.I like it.

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  19. R to the Y up C sunnie

    this sound like the 60-70 music song and it’s pretty good beat

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  20. A'laigne

    This song makes me wanna rip my clothes off and go dancing on a random busy road! It’s so magnificient and phenomenal and amazing! Cause you make me feel like…I’ve been Locked Out Of Heaven!!!

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